This 20-Song Playlist Perfectly Captures ALL Your Relationship Feels

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Madly in love or just broken up? Add these to your queue.

Maybe you’ve just been dumped or just been proposed to. Legitimately confused about your “status” or how to possibly function while in love? 

We’ve all been there — the highs and lows, the rollercoaster ride that is all encompassing love. If there is one thing in that lovers and the heartbroken have in common, it’s that we have a lot of feelings.

So whether you’re single, taken, married, or in a "situationship" — I promise the following songs will fit all of your individual feels.


1. When things are, well, complicated ...

"Situationships" — Fabolous

"And what’s crazy is soon as you fall back, they crawl back, saying they sorry and wait it all back."

From the famous S.O.U.L. Tape series, Fabolous singlehandedly defines the problem of our generation — situationships. With clips from Baby Boy and Martin, you’ll want to hear this, break up or not.


2. When it's getting serious ...

"Forever" — Lecrae

"Any boy can go find a girl and try to satisfy her for a whole night, but a real man can take one woman and satisfy her for a whole life."

I’d imagine Lecrae to be the man of every woman’s dreams — or at least persuade us to get married as soon as we hear this song.


3. When you're ready to start the eff over ...

" Shake It Out" — Florence + The Machine

"And I am done with my graceless heart, so tonight I'm going to cut it out and then restart"

True, you’ve been heartbroken, made mistakes, but it’s never over. Shoutout to Florence + The Machine for always providing me the spirit I need to courageously shake it off.  


4. When you have no idea what the two of you are ... 

"Heartbeat" — Childish Gambino

"​Ayo, fuck this. Are we dating? Are we fucking? Are we best friends? Are we something? In between that?"

Just in case you needed some visuals, the music video depicts everything about not having the only person you truly want. With Childish Gambino walking us through it, we know ain’t no one else we’d rather drive around, eating Cheetos with than that special someone.


5. When he's all you think about ...

"Million" — Tink

"Your love’s like a big hug on a bad day just what I need in my life, you’re one in a million when I wake was the first thing on my mind."

To take on an Aaliyah cover cannot be done lightly, but with Timbaland behind you and Tink spitting, the outcome is sure to be fire.


6. When it's love (or lust!) at first sight ...

"New Flame" — Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross

"When we're standing here looking at each other, baby, eye to eye and I'm hoping that you're thinking about leaving with me tonight." 

Whether you believe it or not, cuffing season is all about finding love, anywhere, even in the club. Will it last? Hard to say — you'll just have to wait and see once the season ends. 


7. When you can't get enough of her...

"So Anxious" — Ginuwine

"I'm so anxious, so meet me at 11:30, I love the way you're talking dirty."

It’s no surprise Drake so famously sampled this record for his “Legend” track — If there were ever a champion for writing songs to pull women into the bedroom, I’m sure Ginuwine would be it. Who else could write a song about hook up anxiety and make it sounds this smooth?


8. When your heart is broken in a million pieces ...

"The Break Up Song" — Wale

"Yeah, see, breaking up is hard, to move along, it's even harder. 

Geniusly modeled after 500 Days of Summer, Wale lets us in on the plotlines of his infamous breakup, reality and expectations included.


9. When you're not ready to give up just yet ...

"I Will Possess Your Heart" — Death Cab For Cutie

"How I wish I could see the potential, the potential of me and you. It's like a book elegantly bound but in a language that you can't read just yet."

For those of us who never refuse to ever give up — Death Cab for Cutie wrote the anthem.


10. When you want to be their everything...

"Favorite" — Nicki Minaj

"I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan too."

The first step to knowing they’re the one? Nick Minaj knows it's when you have that instantaneous feeling they are your absolute favorite.


11. When you're, well, drunk in love...

"Drunk in Love" — Beyoncé featuring Jay Z

"We woke up in the kitchen saying, 'How the hell did this shit happen?' Oh baby, drunk in love."

For those of us insanely in love, nothing beats tearing it up (especially to Beyoncé  and Jay Z) with your love all night, drinks included. 


12. When it's time to get back in the game ...  

"U Don't Have To Call" — Usher

"You don’t have to call, it’s okay girl, cause I’m gonna be alright tonight."

Feel free to replay this Usher song as many times as you need to when cuffing season has come to a close, you’ve been ghosted on, or just straight up rejected. Also feel free to call up P. Diddy (is that even his current name?) or if not, your best friend for some much needed motivation to get back out there!


13. When you're a complete mess ...

"Stubborn Love" — The Lumineers

"So keep your head up keep your love."

Upset? Let down? Hopeless? Listen to this Lumineers song and remember you too can get through it all.


14. When you're over all the BS and games ...

"Play No Games" — Big Sean

"And I ain't 'bout to play no games with you. You know what your problem is? You don't ever see the big picture. Oh wee, I want you to take me serious."

Isn’t it what we all want? To have a partner that wants to commit, no games included? It’s the dream, all men please take notes from Big Sean.


15. When you just want to be loved ...

"Adorn" — Miguel

You just gotta let my love, let my love, let my love adorn you.

After this track hit, Miguel went from songful features to the full on king of romance on every record he touched.


16. When love has gone ...

"Ain't No Sunshine" — Bill Withers

"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone, only darkness everyday." 

You really know the power of a song when it doesn't take a fancy video, more than a few verses, and a simple melody to completely win us over with emotion and heartbreak. Thank you, Bill Withers.


17. When you're in REALLY love...

"Really Love"  — D'Angelo and The Vanguard

"Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love with you."

With a long hiatus, D'Angelo succeeded in blowing us all away with come back album, Black Messiah. Play D'Angelo all cuffing season long and you will never go wrong. (How does this record not want you to be in love?)


18. When she's all you're thinking of ...

"Bound 2" — Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson

"Close your eyes and let the word paint a thousand pictures. One good girl is worth a thousand bitches. 

Regardless of your feelings on Kim and Kanye, "Bound 2" is catchy and fun. With Charlie Wilson wooing us in the background, we can’t help but fall in love with this track.


19. When you let her get away...

"Hotline Bling" — Drake

"I know when that hotline bling, that can only mean one thing."

Another classic track of Drake heartbroken over another girl from home he used to kick it with, before he got too famous. Yet regardless, we still feel the pain, especially after the warm weather has begun and our hotline only blings on the drunkest of occasions.


20. When you're ready to fix it ...

"Exchange" — Bryson Tiller

"I was never loyal, let you tell it, yo, but I'm ready to fix it if you ready, baby."

For all of us that made mistakes and let the good ones go, all we can hope is that they’ll give us one more chance. But in all honesty, who wouldn’t give Bryson Tiller one more chance? 


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